Jubilee, Day 4

Jubilee, Day 4”
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

True freedom is not autonomy, but fidelity to the Lord. The Anointed One who came to “proclaim liberty to captives” in Jubilee fashion (Luke 4:18) took the form of a slave and became obedient to death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:7-8). 

In the ancient world in which slavery was ubiquitous, Paul’s declaration that all persons are free and equal in Christ Jesus sounded revolutionary. The Sabbath and Jubilee laws in the Torah concerning the just and humane treatment of indentured servants and slaves—revolutionary in their own time—paved the way for Christ to transcend social status all together. 

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendant, heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 3:28-29

High-born and low are free before God,
Yoked to the Lord under Heaven’s rod.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

6 Replies to “Jubilee, Day 4”

  1. Class distinctions have long existed:
    Lowly peasantry; high royalty.
    Farmers till the land, kiss the earth.
    Kings in their robes, sit on thrones.
    How will they learn equality?
    Who will open their eyes?
    Bring the Gospel to their hearts.
    Witness truth against their lies.

  2. Dear GMC, A beautiful reflection. The dichotomy between freedom and yoke makes for an interesting meditation and leads me straight to the love of God and the love that God has for all of us. May you continue to inspire and be inspired. Thank you, GMC!

    1. The “simultaneity” of freedom and yoke is more accurate. As an Olympic gymnast is grateful for the “yoke” of discipline, which makes the body free and agile, disciples of Christ embrace the yoke of the Cross and the Beatitudes.

      1. Yoked to the cross in many ways as there are individuals. God knows me so fashions my yoke to fit my need. With God’s grace I move. Yet it’s easy to get discouraged when faced with the troubled world we live in.
        May I have Christ-like eyes to see the holy path.

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